2 thoughts on “Nearsighted : Shortsighted

  1. Implausible Deniability says:

    (9/11/20): “In a segment on the raging West Coast wildfires, Fox News host Tucker Carlson tried to make the baffling argument that Democratic leaders’ warnings about climate change are “like systemic racism in the sky.”
    He extended the bizarre metaphor, lamenting that there was supposedly no explanation for how climate change causes more wildfires (there is!*) and mocking Democrats for not explaining science to him: “You can’t see it, but rest assured, it’s everywhere, and it’s deadly. Like systemic racism, it is your fault. The American middle class did it. They caused climate change. They ate too many hamburgers. They drove too many SUVs. They had too many children.”
    Carlson’s show is part of the primetime Fox News lineup that makes up the most-watched television in America, averaging 3.5 million viewers per night alongside Laura Ingraham and Sean Hannity, according to Nielsen Media Research.”
    Fox News: “Tucker blasts Dems for insisting without evidence that climate change causing California wildfires : Democrats are attempting to browbeat Americans into voting for their party by blaming climate change for the devastating wildfires in California, Tucker Carlson charged Friday.” https://www.foxnews.com/media/tucker-democrats-california-wildfires-climate-change-pelosi

    * NASA: “Satellite Data Record Shows Climate Change’s Impact on Fires” (Oct 10, 2019) https://climate.nasa.gov/news/2912/satellite-data-record-shows-climate-changes-impact-on-fires/
    “The fires raging out West are unprecedented. They’re also a mere preview of what climate change has in store” https://www.cnn.com/2020/09/11/weather/western-wildfires-climate-change-future/index.html

    Ravi Shankar, Fire Night (1962), written in Los Angeles in ’61 during the Bel Air-Brentwood wildfire, which at the time was the most disastrous brush fire in the history of Southern California. https://www.elsewhere.co.nz/essentialelsewhere/791/ravi-shankar-improvisations-1962/

  2. Cassandra says:

    “In recent days, at least five whole towns have been destroyed by fire in Oregon. So has much of Malden, Washington, and swathes of Big Creek and Berry Creek, both in California.” https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2020/sep/12/wildfires-are-striking-closer-and-closer-to-cities-we-know-how-this-will-end
    “Oregon Fires ‘Knocking on Doorstep’ of Portland As Official Warns of Mass Fatality Incident” https://www.newsweek.com/oregon-wildfires-mass-fatality-incident-andrew-phelps-portland-california-1531484
    “A mass fatality incident is an emergency management term used to identify an incident involving more dead bodies and/or body parts than can be located, identified, and processed for final disposition by available response resources.” National Association of Medical Examiners https://name.memberclicks.net/assets/docs/31434c24-8be0-4d2c-942a-8afde79ec1e7.pdf

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